- Non-target metabolomic profiling of the marine microalgae dunaliella tertiolecta after exposure to diuron using complementary high-resolution analytical techniques
- Current Metabolomics
- Volume | Issue number
- 2 | 3
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Traditionally, bioassays are used to assess the toxicity of chemicals. Bioassays often focus on one specific mode of action or end point and their responses offer a limited understanding of the health status and underlying pathways of the species under consideration. Metabolomics can be used to detect hundreds of metabolites in which each metabolite, or set of metabolites, represents short term and long term changes, indicating the status of the organism. The effects of the herbicide diuron, one of the compounds of concern for European water bodies, on the marine microalgae Dunaliella tertiolecta were investigated through non-target metabolomic profiling and bioassay testing. The pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) fluorometry bioassay was employed to measure the effective photosystem II efficiency (ϕPSII), while non-target metabolomic profiling using complementary analytical techniques characterized the metabolomic response in the algae during diuron exposure. The use of complementary analytical techniques was necessary to identify a broad range of metabolites. Twenty-eight compounds were identified as metabolites affected by diuron exposure, including several amino acids, adenosine, lactic acid, and citric acid. Collectively, these metabolites indicated that diuron negatively affects energy processes in the algae both at the citric acid cycle pathway as well as on the amino acid metabolism at realistic environmental concentrations. In addition, dose-response relationships were found between a number of affected metabolites and the inhibition of the ΦPSII of D. tertiolecta. Non-target metabolomic profiling using complementary analytical techniques proved to have additional and complementary benefits to traditional toxicology tests.
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